WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Downtown chain restaurant expanding into west Lawrence

If you are going to be in the business of delivering hot, toasted sandwiches, you had better get them there fast, or have a toaster with a really, really long extension cord. The downtown restaurant Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe believes in getting them there fast, which is one of the reasons the restaurant has struck a deal to open a west Lawrence location. “Delivery is really big for us, and there are a few ...

Halloween stores open, including a new store from a longtime local retailer

I’ve been told that any time of year is a good time for me to wear a mask, but for the rest of you, Halloween is prime mask season. Predictably, a couple of Halloween stores have popped up in Lawrence, but this year one of them is a local operation run by a family that has dressed Lawrence residents in funny outfits for years. Kyle Billings, the former owner of Lawrence’s Fun & Games store, has opened ...

Downtown Lawrence grocery project loses Price Chopper tenant, but plans still moving forward

Plans to bring a grocery store to downtown Lawrence are still alive, but still complicated and uncertain. A proposal to put a 40,000-square-foot grocery store on the site of the former Borders bookstore at Seventh and New Hampshire now includes plans for a four-story mixed-use building, instead of the previous three-story plan. But the project is short on something else: a tenant for the grocery store. A ...

National fitness chain plans to open near 23rd and Iowa streets

And you thought picking up the entire collection of "Twilight" novels at Hastings constituted heavy lifting. Now, there is word of true heavy lifting at the vacant book and video store at 23rd and Iowa streets. The national chain Crunch Fitness has announced it is moving into the space. I recently had begun hearing some rumblings in the commercial real estate world that a fitness center was looking at the old ...

How one possible bankruptcy could cost Douglas County governments $550,000 in tax revenues

It is the approximately $550,000 Kmart question. Yes, that would be one blinding Blue Light Special. Don’t expect any savings to come from this question, though. The $550,000 is how much local governments may be out in tax revenue if Kmart’s parent company files for bankruptcy, which some analysts say is looking more likely all the time. At this point, I’ve maybe confused some of you. No, Lawrence ...

New chain that sells mini-hamburgers coming to Iowa Street; Lawrence loses a Sonic

What I know about mini-hamburgers is that they are a lot better if you spell them m-a-n-y hamburgers. You’ll get a chance to find out for yourself because there is a new hamburger chain coming to Lawrence that sells their small hamburgers a sack at a time. The restaurant chain Burgerim has reached a deal to locate in the Pine Ridge Plaza shopping center near 33rd and Iowa streets. If you haven’t heard of ...